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January 13, 2017
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NYC veterinarians battle H7N2 outbreak in cats
Officials say 386 New York City shelter cats have tested positive for H7N2 avian influenza as veterinarians work to stem an outbreak among feline residents that appears to have started in October. Some 500 cats have been placed at a makeshift quarantine facility staffed by six veterinarians and eight technicians as well as support staff, and some of the animals will be released in the coming days.
New York Post (1/12) 
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Bacteria may harbor prions, study finds
Scientists discovered that the rho bacterial protein from Clostridium botulinum can act like a prion when inserted into yeast and E. coli bacteria. The authors think prions may help bacteria adapt to environmental stress and convey certain traits to future generations.
Nature (free content) (1/12) 
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Baboon study suggests earlier origins for human language
A PLOS ONE study found that baboons have the ability to make five vowel-like sounds in much the same way humans do, casting doubt on the commonly held notion that the nonhuman hominoid larynx isn't suited for humanlike speech. This means that the origins of human language may date back to 25 million years ago in a common ancestor with the Cercopithecoidea family.
The Independent (London) (tiered subscription model) (1/11) 
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New program targets improvements in captive elephant care, health
More than 40 zoos in the US are participating in the Elephant Welfare Initiative, a data-driven program that captures and shares information about the elephants' daily activities and health, data that are used to inform recommendations for health and enrichment. Keepers get real-time, practical responses they can implement right away, such as creating puzzles for female elephants to improve fertility. Veterinarian Cheryl Meehan collaborated on the research that serves as the program's backbone.
National Public Radio (1/11) 
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Oldest aardvark in US dies at Philadelphia Zoo
AJ the aardvark died at the old age of 28 years, outliving his wild counterparts by approximately a decade. AJ lived at the Philadelphia Zoo and died due to heart failure.
PhillyVoice (Philadelphia) (1/11) 
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App connects pet owners with mobile veterinary care
VetPronto links pet owners with on-call veterinarians for generally same-day, at-home visits, and it's launching at the end of the month in its 11th city: Portland, Ore. Company co-founder Joe Waltman said the company fits into the current trend of convenience and customer service that are hallmarks of companies like Uber.
Willamette Week (Portland, Ore.) (1/10) 
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A guide for creating actionable goals for 2017
Vague New Year's resolutions often go unfulfilled, but writing down a list of specific goals can help you stay on track, writes Rhonda Abrams. She lays out seven steps for setting measurable, realistic goals that your business can reach in 2017.
USA Today (1/11) 
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AVMA Today
AVMA global food security summit fast approaching. Register today!
The role that livestock play in food security -- and, more specifically, the role of their health and well-being -- will be the focus of the 2017 AVMA global food security summit. Taking place Feb. 9-11 at the Grand Hyatt in Washington, D.C., the summit will introduce and explore constructive public and private stakeholder partnerships involving national and international relief and development organizations and the veterinary community to promote and enhance global food security. Registration for the summit is limited to 200 attendees, so we strongly encourage you to register early to secure a seat. Visit the AVMA@Work blog to learn more about the AVMA global food security summit.
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